2016-033 – Chioggia Mandala

Chioggia Beets from Peaceful Valley Organic Seeds
Chioggia Beets from Peaceful Valley Organic Seeds

This week’s MotD theme: Foods in the Raw

Okay, who knew about these bright red beauties? How fascinating that from the outside these Chioggia beets look like ordinary beets or maybe even over-sized radishes. Yet when cut into, they present to us this surprising center of red and white rings.

About these beets as stated on the Peaceful Valley Farm Supply site:

The flesh of this unusual Italian heirloom has red-and-white alternating rings within eye-catching scarlet skin. They have a sweet, peppery taste and are beautiful sliced horizontally in a salad. The green tops are delicious and nutritious both raw and cooked.

As I look at these beets, the creative side of me ponders how I would re-create their insides on paper? Watercolors! On white paper I would draw out a circle and dampen the inside area with a wet brush. Next I would dip my paintbrush into some reddish/magenta paint and then paint concentric circles within the wet circle. Because of the wet paper, the paint would bleed into the unpainted areas giving us the blurred striped effect.

Of course, I may have to test this theory out and report back to you. Or maybe you could test it out and let me know how it all worked out. 🙂

Inspiration for Today

Once again Mother Nature demonstrates how the outside often times flops at reflecting the insides. Knowing this, it might be fun to change our perspective on how we may perceive people, things, or even ourselves as ordinary. We can say to ourselves: wait she/he/I may be a Chioggia beet! Let’s go about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary!

Happy Coloring!

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